Smart dairy farms use AI scanners to monitor cow health


Technology being tested on UK farms collects daily data on cows’ weight, body condition and mobility, helping to identify individuals in need of treatment


31 January 2023

Cows in a field

Technology can help keep cows healthy

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An overhead scanning system combined with artificial intelligence now automatically assesses cows’ health status twice a day on dozens of “smart” dairy farms across the UK.

3D cameras film the animals’ backs as they leave the milking parlor, while sensors read their individual identity tags. The associated computers then use machine learning to process the data instantly, providing critical daily data on each cow’s weight, body condition and mobility, says Wenhao Zhang at the University of the West of England (UWE)…